North East Surrey College of Technology’s Distance Learning team were presented with a Quality Award, for their ‘valuable and excellent work’ with the Kent and Sussex Fire Service, at a ceremony at Congress House during the 5th annual conference of the Southern & Eastern Region TUC, in London on the 2nd November.
The award, recognising learning providers who work with unions to deliver inclusive and innovative learning programmes and provide quality information, advice and guidance, was presented to Lindsey Biggs, Lyn Terrell and Helen Beckenham, by author Lola Jaye after they were nominated by Bob Fitz-Gerald, Fire Brigades Union Learning Coordinator for Kent Surrey and Sussex.
‘I had to nominate Nescot for this award after the service we’ve had from them, ‘ Mr Fitz-Gerald said, ‘We’ve managed to engage with some very difficult to reach learners because of their attitude to getting things done and I’ve never had that with any other college.
‘Helen and Lyn are absolutely marvellous, everything is done with a smile and nothing is too much trouble. With Lindsey backing them up on the funding side they really are unsung heroes and I thought it was time they got the recognition they deserve.’
The award came after a difficult year for the team with threatened funding cuts causing disruption.
‘It’s been a challenge but it did make it extra special to get this sort of recognition,’ said Lyn Terrell.
The team have worked with the Fire Brigade for over four years delivering short distance learning courses to Fire Service staff, at times and in venues to suit the learners. They have managed to reach a large number of learners with this flexible approach, the majority of whom go on to sign up for further courses.
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